In case you missed it…

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A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.
John 13:34

By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.
John 13:35

This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
John 15:12

These things I command you, so that you will love one another.
John 15:17

Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.
Romans 12:10

Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.
Romans 13:8

Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.
2 Corinthians 13:11

For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.
Galatians 5:13

…with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love…
Ephesians 4:2

And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you.
1 Thessalonians 3:12

Now concerning brotherly love you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another.
1 Thessalonians 4:9

We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing.
2 Thessalonians 1:3

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works.
Hebrews 10:24

Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart.
1 Peter 1:22

Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.
1 Peter 4:8

Greet one another with the kiss of love. Peace to all of you who are in Christ.
1 Peter 5:14

For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.
1 John 3:11

And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us.
1 John 3:23

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.
1 John 4:7

Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
1 John 4:11

No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.
1 John 4:12

And now I ask you, dear lady—not as though I were writing you a new commandment, but the one we have had from the beginning—that we love one another.
2 John 1:5

 

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12 thoughts on “In case you missed it…

  1. Lois Martin

    Thanks once again, Charis! How sad that we so often fail to “get it” and fall so far short, when God so loved us and sent His one and only Son to be the sacrifice for us.

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    1. I don’t know about you, Lois, but sometimes I think my orthopraxy in this area is far too influenced by disappointment. I’m tempted to shrug and walk away wondering if practising unconditional love for one another in the Body of Christ is actually a possibility in the land of the living. But that’s pretty much the definition of unbelief, isn’t it? (Sorry, Lord) I think this is something that I need to pursue a lot more – not by more effort motivated by guilt, but by seeking the One who loves perfectly.

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  2. Paul

    Indeed Charis. It is clear to me that the Lord’s Word has a hierarchy of concepts and LOVE is at the top. If it is done with Love , it cannot be wrong. Many disagree with this, although it seems clear to me and your compendium of Love quotes seems to reinforce that idea.

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  3. quierofuego

    I recently had a friend read something I wrote and reply “I think maybe you used a little too many scriptures-if that is possible”.

    Wow, you used even more scriptures than I did!

    They just say is so well. 🙂

    Great post.

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    1. I grew up in a pocket of Christian culture where Bible studies could be more aptly named “debate clubs.” We were very good at defining the parameters of the mark everybody else was missing (hamartia (gr) = sin = “missing the mark”) but not so good at defining or demonstrating love. I realized this had carried over into my own writing and I tended to throw in scripture references like case citations in a court of law. I was treating the person I was trying to convince as an adversary and not as a fellow pilgrim on the same road.

      I have high regard for the Bible but even higher regard for the One it speaks of. Without the leading of the Holy Spirit (whose fruit testifies of his character and will be evident in a Spirit-led discussion – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, faith, gentleness, self-control) the written words alone are just tools – or weapons – in the hands of people with a desperate need to be proven right and therefore worthy of approval.

      I used all these references this time because the essential message of love amongst members of the Body of Christ is repeated so often it does not require arguments over translation, nor can it be eliminated by accusations of out-of-context proof-texting, nor cultural misunderstanding, nor the definition of words which appear only once in the entire book. “Love one another” is not an option. It defines the people who live and move and have their being in Christ and in whom Christ dwells. The secret of the ages now made known – Christ in us, the hope of glory.

      “By this shall all people know that you are My disciples, that you have love for one another.” – Jesus

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